[Sturm, Leonhard Christoph]. Der geöffnete Ritter-Platz. Die geöffnete Festung [...], Die [...] geöffnete Baumeister-Academie [...], Der geöffnete See-Hafen [...], Fortsetzung des geöffneten See-Hafens [...].

Hamburg, Benjamin Schillers Witwe im Thum, 1715.

12mo. 4 parts in one volume. 141, (3); 232, (6); 173, (3); (2) 116, (2) pp. Wants half-title and frontispiece. With 37 (instead of 44) engraved plates, 4 of which folded. 5 engraved illustrations within the text. All edges sprinkled red. Contemporary half vellum over boards.


Volume 1 of a practical three-volume manual composed for young aristocrats, introducing them to science and the applied arts. The present edition consists of four parts which were also published separately and have separate title-pages. Apart from the description of an army and its organization, featured topics include the building of fortresses, bridges and ships, as well as issues of architecture more generally, garden architecture, sculpture, art, cartography and ships' flags. The plates illustrate these themes, in particular visualizing the chapters on construction and the ensigns presented. The illustrations within the text relate to navigation and exhibit, among other things, constellations and a compass.

Frontispiece, half-title and seven additional plates are supplied in photocopy. Paper somewhat browned. All title-pages show slight edge defects from missing page markers; three modern markers have been added. From the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel, with his stamped and signed ownership, dated 1979, to front pastedown.

Graesse VI, 132.